Digital Domain Presents: AMC's The Walking Dead Webisodes
With the return of The Walking Dead in October 2013, AMC’s digital team set out to make the premiere a pop culture phenomenon online and re-enlisted director Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead’s Emmy Award-winning executive producer) to helm new webisodes. The result was “The Oath,” a three-part web series that acted as a prequel to the pilot and, as such, expanded the show’s mythology. The webisodes drove social buzz and on-air viewership by matching the intensity and production values of The Walking Dead itself. To date, “The Oath,” which has been viewed more than 2.1 million times, is an example of how AMC.com has expanded the reach of The Walking Dead by creating web-exclusive content that fans cannot find elsewhere.
We would suggest a Digital Domain panel that explores how these webisodes, and other second screen experiences, can impact and expand storytelling of TV series (or films and other media) and engage with audiences.
Exec Producer & Special Effects Makeup Supervisor, The Walking Dead
The KNB EFX Group
Greg Nicotero is Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-Up designer on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead.
His vision for creature and character design can be seen in such TV shows and Movies as Django Unchained, Sin City 2, Machete Kills, Breaking Bad, Kill Bill, Predators, Transformers, Land of the Dead, and Army of Darkness, just to name a few.
His groundbreaking work on The Walking Dead has earned he and his team back-to-back Emmy® wins for Best Prosthetic Make-up along with nominations for visual effects for both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Greg has written and directed several installments of a web series based on The Walking Dead that have won numerous awards including WGA Award for Best Internet Content two years in a row. He has directed episodes in Season 2, 3 and 4 for the popular zombie show while running his make-up effects company in Los Angeles.
His company, The KNB EFX Group (KNB) was co-founded by Greg & Howard Berger in 1988 and has contributed special make-up and creature effects to over 700 projects such as Sin City, Inglourious Basterds, This is The End, Dances with Wolves, The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Grey and Pulp Fiction, to The Green Mile, The Book of Eli and Piranha.
Greg credits his on set experiences with Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, George Romero and Frank Darabont as “the best film school education in the world” and his love of classic Universal monster movies, Ray Harryhausen, Dawn Of The Dead and Jaws can be seen as tributes in many of his episodes.
Prosthetics and character make-up work from KNB can be seen in everything from, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Hitchcock, to From Dusk Til Dawn. Nicotero has spent nearly 30 years designing make up effects sequences from initial creature design with Tom Savini on Day Of The Dead in 1984 to on-set execution/2nd unit direction. His 20,000 square foot facility in Chatsworth, California is home to some of the most talented sculptors, designers and make-up artists in the world.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shari (an Assistant Director), son Deven, and daughter Alyssa, both of whom hope to have a chance to be walkers on the show when they are old enough!
SVP, Digital Media
TV Guide Magazine
Writer/editor based in Los Angeles interested in the field of print/online media production. A recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I have experience working in television production and online editorial content management as well as print reporting and editing for student publications.